Congratulations to all those who made it through our 12 day Brazos rocking chair class. We started the class with a small pile of simple dimensional lumber and by the time we finished the class last Saturday everyone was rocking in their own chair and thoroughly enjoying their own truly hand made piece of furniture.
Among the skills learned in this class was how to properly execute ‘through’ mortise and tenon joints, as well as how to layout and cut angled tenons. Student’s worked their way through the challenging process of fitting the solid wood seat into a trapezoid frame and then carved the seat using a variety of hand tools, including a scorp, a travisher, a modified spokeshave and a thin scraper. Other challenges included fitting arms that aren’t straight, flat or parallel to anything; and cutting tenons on the bottom of the legs to fit into the curved rockers! If you’re looking for a challenge you will find it building this rocker.
Oftentimes, visitors to our shop will ask about the price of the rocking chairs (or any piece of hand-made furniture) and many times they are surprised at how much the chairs cost. We’ll usually gently suggest that they come make it themselves, and most of the time when someone does end up taking a class they understand completely why handmade furniture can sometimes seem to cost so much.